We recently came home from visiting what must be one of the world’s best kept secrets. This was our first time traveling to the Philippines (my first time traveling at all for pleasure, all my other trips had been for work) but it definitely won’t be the last! Obviously with so many islands, YMMV, etc. etc., as the Philippines also has crazy, bustling cities like Manila and smaller but still overwhelmingly busy towns like Dumaguete (probably not normally so busy, but it was the day before elections when we stayed there and WOW).
We rented this house off Air BnB (also our first time using them) and it was fantastic. Right on the beach, quiet, everything we wanted. It was the most beautiful place I’d ever been…the entire island, not just that spot.
This is their version of a taxi, simply called a tricycle…they’re everywhere! And usually with 5-7 people on them. It was awesome.😀
We went from Dumaguete to Siquijor in this, a canoe with a motor stuck somewhere in the back. 22 miles across the ocean. In a canoe, with the long horizontal boards tied together with plastic. O_O I felt SO adventurous.
This was the sunset that greeted us the first night we were there. I had truly never seen anything like it.
The Baja Ba’r was a short walk through a lovely garden from the house, where we had amazing food, drinks, and conversation with both locals and expats. The food was unparalleled, and they couldn’t have nicer people working there. Oh, and definitely try the Baja Special (the big orange drink there)…7 different liquors. It will knock you on your ass but in the best way possible!
The beaches were beautiful…lots of rocks just a little ways out.
Look how clear the water is! It stayed that way too…crazy. And stunning.
We visited an old Catholic church built some time in the 1700s.
My absolute, hands down favorite part of the entire trip – I could have spent every day here, or at least PART of every day! Cambugahay Falls.
Yes, the water really is that color.
Oh yeah. Of course, being me…there was this tree. This gorgeous, ancient, amazing tree. I could have stayed here all day too, except it was SUPER hot and I was turning lobster.
I have tons more pictures (we took 507), but I will leave you with this video. It’s about 11 minutes long, but I couldn’t bear to cut any more out! This place was so amazing and we created some incredible memories.